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1.0 out of 5 stars This is terrible!, October 19, 2007
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This review is from: The Jungle Book (Two-Disc 40th Anniversary Platinum Edition) (DVD)
They cropped (or left out) the top and bottom of the picture to accommodate the new wide screen Tvs. Not good! This makes the earlier release on DVD an instant collectors item. It's a shame too because the rest of the restoration is beautiful. Walt Disney would be rolling over in his grave to see how they mangled one of his masterpieces. Give us the movie as it was originally intended please.
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Showing 1-4 of 4 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Oct 21, 2007 5:19:04 AM PDT
Telemachus says:
You are correct that the movie WAS cropped, however it was cropped when it was originally released to theaters. This version is in the same aspect ratio as it was originally released to theaters.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 22, 2007 4:51:05 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 22, 2007 4:52:14 AM PDT
A Stagg,
Can you provide any evidence to prove that the aspect ratio is similar to the theatrical release? Do you have any chance to do an A/B comparision? The movie version has not been shown in theater for a long time, you can convince me if you can get one frame from the original negative and compare it to the frame of this DVD release.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2007 8:03:26 PM PDT
A word of advice: check the dvd because the special features may have a little 'widescreen to fullscreen' comparison demonstration. They did this with the platinum edition of Sleeping Beauty to show how much more you see on the sides of the screen when the original aspect ratio is shown.
I don't own the Jungle Book yet so I don't know if this feature is included.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 31, 2007 7:21:31 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 31, 2007 7:22:58 AM PDT
A frame from the original negative wouldn't prove anything, as many "widescreen" releases were recorded "full frame" and then matted at the theater. This was the case with "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory", for instance. If you watch the fullscreen version of the film, they simply opened up the top and the bottom of the image, which was originally intended to be matted. This is what Disney did with this film. They animated a "full frame" (for television and theaters that could not accomodate widescreen) and then matted it to the aspect ratio found on this DVD. It was (and still is) a fairly common practise. So, just because the negative is full frame doesn't mean that was the way it was intended to be screened. Which is the "correct" aspect ratio for this film? It's really not clear. Disney says widescreen, others say fullscreen. But with two versions out there, I guess you can choose the flavor to your liking.
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